Pale Blue Light Special


On February 14, 1990, four billion miles away from earth, the space probe Voyager 1 took a picture as it left our solar system. In that image taken by NASA, as seen above, our Earth appeared as a tiny blue dot in the light of a sunbeam. Inspired by this image, the American astronomer Carl Sagan wrote a book, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. While surfing the web this past weekend, I came across the excerpt from that book that once again helped put life on Earth into perspective. Sagan writes, “On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives…every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” Our planet is inhabited by a mass of human beings that continuously share new discoveries, information and insights with others. Get the attention of your fellow humans and be the blue light special of the day. Use your humanness and your human voice to announce new ideas, and be genuine with your thoughts and feelings. As you broadcast your message to this vast audience, use those channels that can reach everyone, everywhere. Just remember, don’t feed the trolls.

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